Emma review – sweetness, spite and bared bottoms | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week

Published on Feb 14, 2020

Emma review – sweetness, spite and bared bottoms | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week

Anya Taylor-Joy revels in the role of the handsome, clever heroine with a sadistic streak in this amiable adaptation of Jane Austen’s great romcom

Not badly done, Emma. Novelist Eleanor Catton has scripted this amiable, genial and interestingly unassuming new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Regency classic, the great prototype romantic comedy, though it may be truer to call it a marriage comedy or marrcom. Music video specialist Autumn de Wilde makes her feature directing debut, with cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt often confecting a buttery sunlight in which to shoot. De Wilde and Catton are pretty content to let the story itself do the work, getting the big moments, letting the subtleties go, but showcasing a very watchable lead turn from Anya Taylor-Joy whose eerily unblinking gaze has something calculating and predatory.

This movie does take a bit of time to settle down, with a frantically intrusive musical soundtrack at the very beginning,

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Author: Peter Bradshaw